This print is much sharper than the existing IA copy.
A sound era Buster Keaton comedy adapted from a 1917 Broadway play by C. W. Bell. It starts off slowly, but with the help of the exceptional Charlotte Greenwood in builds a head of slapstick steam, particularly in the hotel scenes. Pre code. Filmed before in 1920.
Directed by Edward Sedgewick. Released in 1931. Complete print. a.k.a. "Romeo in Pyjamas" (UK)
TRIVIA: Exteriors and some interiors filmed at Buster Keaton's Beverly Hills villa.
It may be of interest to quote the 'Picturegoer' fan magazine review of October 3, 1931 (page 18), at which time it was shown theatrically in the UK as 'Romeo in Pyjamas'.
"While I am still convinced that Buster Keaton has never been as funny in talkies as he was in silent pictures - he is essentially a clown - I am equally convinced that this is a first-rate comedy. It is his best in the new medium.
"One of the reasons is that he is provided with plenty of opportunities for that dumb show for which he is famous.
"He has some hilarious scenes in which, as a shy young man, he's taught the technique of love making by Charlotte Greenwood. She, by the way, shares the honours in this sequence.
"Although it is basically a bedroom farce, it has an air of novelty and is mounted with that lavishness and artistry one has been lead to expect from M-G-M.
"The whole cast works with a will to support the star and the result of the team work is a picture that will keep you laughing from the opening shot to the fade-out". (Lionel Collier)